Kristina is a 200 E-RYT, a certified massage therapist, the studio manager at Yoga Bound, owner of Mindful Evolution, a goal setter, driven enthusiast and cOMmunity leader. She lives in the beach town of Cardiff/Encinitas, where she teaches weekly SmartFLOW® yoga classes, restoratives, workshops and host local and international yoga retreats.
At a young age, growing up in the American Midwest, she was first influenced by her pastor father, who instilled a strong idea and respect for discipline. Her trainings in Tibetan Buddhist Meditation while studying at Naropa University in Boulder, CO only deepened her personal insight and intrigue with the human body and the mind/body healing potential. After a long and rocky journey in her mid to late 20′s as a sommelier and manager in the fine dining business, Kristina left the industry and its party lifestyle to pursue her path of living mindfully.
She holds over 1000 hours in massage therapeutics, has a bachelors degree in both psychology and in women’s studies, and continues to train, study, assist and mentor under master yoga teacher and creator of SmartFLOW® Yoga, Annie Carpenter, in Los Angeles.
Before moving to San Diego, Kristina previously lived in the quaint ski town of Vail, Colorado for five years, where she taught weekly yoga classes, instructed specialized yoga workshops throughout the High Rockies, directed a yoga studio, led a teaching immersion for newer yoga teachers, and worked with individual yoga and massage clients. In May of 2013 she hosted her first Yoga Surf Retreat in the historic town of Todos Santos, Baja, Mexico.
Kristina in the cOMmunity!
During her time in Vail, Kristina held her first large formatted fundraiser for Bridges Between (BB) and began to feel the inner spark and fulfillment that came from connecting people within a community and bringing awareness to others in need on and off the (yoga) mat. Her love for community, personal growth and helping others to evolve led her on a three week volunteer trip with BB to Nepal in 2012. Since then, she has become a dedicated council member, serving as the Director of Public Relations and Community Outreach for BB, promoting education, health and agricultural awareness to the women and families of rural Nepal. In the fall of 2013, Kristina partnered with lululemon in San Diego and raised just under $5,000 for Bridges Between.
Kristina finds balance in her busy schedule by joyfully cooking while sipping on wine red, meeting new people, snowboarding, surfing, rock climbing, hiking, eating dark chocolate, loving on her cat, Oscar, and enriching her relationships to the best of her abilities as they present themselves.
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